University of the 3rd Age (U3A) in the Mani?

I've recently moved to Agios Nikolaos from the UK where I was a member of a thriving U3A.  I'm wondering whether there are people in the area who would be interested in establishing a U3A here - so I thought I'd float the idea and if there are a dozen or more people interested then I think we could start something going.

What Is the U3A?

The aims of the U3A are to promote the values of lifelong learning.  Members form interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities in which they are interested.  Example topics might be:

  • A book or film group,
  • A walking group,
  • A local history group,
  • A bridge, chess or backgammon group,
  • A language group (e.g. modern Greek),
  • A crossword group.

For further ideas have a look at, say, the Faversham U3A.  Basically, we could have a group whenever there are half a dozen or so people who have a shared interest.  No qualifications are sought or offered: it's simply learning for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive.  

Also, there is no distinction between the learners and the teachers: the idea is based around self-learning, possibly guided by members who have more knowledge or experience.

I'm interested - how do we get this started?

This can only work if there are enough of us who are motivated to do so.  At a minimum I'd suggest a dozen or so.  But since I'm interested, that means I've only got to find 11 other people!

 

So if you too are interested, can you drop carol.small@me.com an email.  It'd be helpful if you could say in that email:

  • Where you live,
  • What your interests are (i.e. what groups would you be interested in participating in).
  • Do you use Facebook or WhatsApp?

Then, if there is sufficient interest, I'll set up a meeting - probably in mid to late September - to take things further.

Carol Small